paint cans and brushes

Lowe’s Drops Paint Strippers Blamed in Dozens of Deaths

From New York Times, May 29, 2018. WASHINGTON — Lowe’s, the large home improvement retailer, announced Tuesday that it will no longer sell paint strippers that contain the chemicals methylene chloride and NMP, which have been blamed in dozens of accidental deaths. The Obama administration, in its final days, concluded that the two chemicals represented […]

Pollution from smokestacks

Correction: EPA-Pruitt-Clean Air Act Story

From the New York Times, May 10, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced a major shift in enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act to include feedback from state and local governments and others on the economic impact of federal pollution limits. The initiative sets the stage for […]


We Energies Shareholders Pepper CEO With Questions About Coal

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 3, 2018. Environmental activists, including some who are We Energies shareholders, are keeping the pressure on the Milwaukee-based utility to reduce dust from coal piles and emissions from smokestacks at the WE Energies plant in Oak Creek. It’s Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired facility. Read the article.


E-waste linked to decreased fertility hormones in Nigerian men

From Environmental Health News, May 2, 2018. Hormones vital for reproduction are “significantly lower” in men who work with toxic-filled electronic waste Nigerian men who work with electronic waste have much lower levels of crucial fertility hormones than men unexposed to the waste, according to a new study. The research, conducted in Benin City in […]


Hawaii becomes first US state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

From The Guardian, May 2, 2018. In a bid to protect its marine environment, Hawaii has passed a bill banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have ‘significant harmful impacts’ on ecosystems Coral reefs and sunshine keep tourists flocking to Hawaii but add sunscreen to that holiday mix and the result can be serious […]


Ms. Kardashian Goes to Washington

From The New York Times, April 24, 2018. Kanye West has talked a big game about running for president, but it’s his sister-in-law Kourtney Kardashian who is participating in the American legislative process. On Tuesday, she will participate in a briefing on regulatory reform of the cosmetics industry, along with Representative Frank Pallone of New […]

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Sunscreen poses another threat to coral reefs

From Deutche Welle, April 13, 2018. Some chemicals in sunscreen can kill corals, researchers have discovered. So how to protect your skin and reefs at the same time? DW reports from Bonaire in the Caribbean. At a dive center on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea, about a dozen scuba divers — including […]


Report calls out worst produce for pesticides—strawberries, spinach top list

From Environmental Health News, April 10, 2018. Pesticides residues are found on about 70% of tested produce; new research suggests this exposure could impact fertility Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder to eat healthy. Turns out those nutrient packed foods we’re all told to eat—such as strawberries and spinach— are also consistently […]


Scientists hail European ban on bee-harming pesticides

From Nature, April 2, 2018. The European Union has voted to ban three neonicotinoids after scientific evidence showed their risk to bees. In a long-awaited decision, the European Union today voted to ban the use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides on all crops grown outdoors. The vote ends years of bitter wrangling between those in […]